Counselling and Psychotherapy in Enfield

The overall aim of counselling is to provide people with the opportunity to work towards living life in a more satisfying and happier way. Counselling can help to resolve many issues, such as addressing specific problems, making decisions, coping with crises, developing personal insight and knowledge, working through feelings, inner conflict, or improving relationships with others.

At Bluebells Counselling we provide help and management with the following issues:

  • Body confidence (accepting your body shape)
  • Eating disorders
  • Fears and phobias
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Work-related stress
  • Sexual health issues
  • Relationship problems
  • Separation/divorce
  • Difficulties making decisions
  • Addictions
  • Abuse
  • Bereavement
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Suicide and suicidal thoughts
  • Low self-esteem/confidence

Sessions at Bluebells Counselling are strictly confidential, and complete discretion is assured.

To book a counselling appointment either call now 020 8366 8077 or fill the contact form below and someone will call you very soon.

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Depression and anxiety

Studies have indicated that almost 50 per cent of people who have been diagnosed with depression are also affected by anxiety disorder. Fortunately, these problems can be addressed either separately or together. However, you must be aware that depression and anxiety aren’t the same thing.

What types of depressive disorder are there?

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

SAD often strikes people during the winter months. A lack of sunlight, exercise and fresh air causes irritability and lethargy in people who suffer SAD.

Post-natal depression

As the name suggests, post-natal depression occurs in women who have recently given birth. The time of onset varies; it can occur as early as three months or as late as a year after delivery

What causes depression?

There are many causes of depression. It can be genetic, meaning the patient has a family history of depression. Personal traumas, such as a bereavement or a failed relationship, can also cause depression. Social isolation or loneliness can be a contributory factor.

What are the signs of depression?

 Feeling lethargic, being socially withdrawn, or feeling sad all the time may all indicate that you are depressed.

Emotional symptoms of depression

The emotional symptoms of depression include the following:

  • Not wanting to socialise
  • A loss of interest in previously enjoyed hobbies
  • Constant irritability or sadness
  • Constant pessimism
  • Feelings of inadequacy and self-loathing.

Physical symptoms of depression

Depression doesn’t just affect the mind; it also affects the body. Some of its physical effects include erratic sleep habits or insomnia, loss of appetite (or increased appetite with atypical depression), fatigue, muscle aches, headaches and back pain. It’s easy to dismiss these symptoms as stemming from another condition, but they are often due to depression.

The short-term and long-term effects of depression

In the short term, depression is likely to cause loss of appetite, weight loss, and other physical symptoms. If you develop insomnia or hypersomnia (sleeping too much), you will be fatigued and lethargic. In the long term, you can experience malnutrition from not eating enough or become obese from eating too much. You may also experience poorer short-term memory, and forget things more often than usual.

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